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Richland School Board Releases Superintendent Jim Busey

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Richland School Board decided Tuesday to terminate Superintendent Jim Busey's contract after reviewing the findings from an investigation into Busey's conduct.

The school board decided after a 90-minute executive session behind closed doors. The board came out to say they were disappointed in what they found out.

"The members of the Richland School Board are gravely disappointed to learn of the nature and the extent of Dr. Busey's failures," said Rick Jansons, Richland School Board President.

Those failures led to the firing of Richland Superintendent Jim Busey Tuesday.

The school board made that decision after reviewing the findings of an investigation into Superintendent Jim Busey's conduct with another district employee.

"Dr. Busey conducted a long-standing extra-marital sexual affair with a subordinate school district employee. This violated the terms of his contract," Jansons said.

Janson said Busey violated a moral clause in his contract.

The investigation also discovered that Busey pursued another romantic relationship with a woman he met through the school district.

The board also said he used school property inappropriately for personal reasons.

"His actions prevent him from being an effective leader in our district. He has lost the trust on the part of the board, the administration and staff," Jansons said.

The board unanimously passed a motion to end Busey's work as superintendent. The board also decided they will not offer Busey a pay out of his contract. Jansons says their decision to release Busey is effective immediately.

"This is not an easy thing to do. This is not something we wanted to do. We looked at all the options available and selected the option that was best for the district overall," Jansons said.

KNDU did try to make contact with Busey Tuesday afternoon, but did not get a response.

The school board is meeting again Tuesday night and said they may begin to discuss a time table for finding a replacement.